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SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Asia's naphtha market erased gains on Wednesday, as petrochemical makers stayed on the sidelines over concerns about a slower economy. The prompt October/November inter-month spread slipped a dollar to a three-session low of $9.00 a tonne in backwardation, according to Reuters data.
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 3- Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has raised its Arab Light crude price for Asian buyers in November by 90 cents, its state-owned company Saudi Aramco said on Wednesday.
*London, Dubai, Singapore and Houston under consideration. Oct 2- Seadrill Ltd, the world's biggest driller by market capitalisation, said it plans to replace CEO Alf Thorkildsen with the head of its Archer Ltd affiliate, and is looking to relocate management outside Norway.
SINGAPORE, Oct 3- U.S. crude slipped below $92 a barrel on Wednesday, pressured by worries of slowing economic growth in the main consumer nations, while the festering euro zone debt crisis added to uncertainty. was down 24 cents at $91.65 a barrel by 0009 GMT, after settling down 59 cents at $91.89 on Tuesday.
DUBAI, Oct 2- Al-Futtaim Group and Emaar Properties, two real estate developers from the United Arab Emirates, plan a 5 billion Egyptian pound tie-up to build a retail and entertainment complex outside Cairo, Al-Futtaim said on Tuesday.
"Expect Rafa to be one of many great stories in January, including a formidable title defense from our brilliant reigning men's champion, Novak Djokovic, and some major challenges from the great Roger Federer, U.S.
*IPO likely to be single listing on Iraq bourse. Zain Iraq, owned by Kuwaiti telecom group Zain, still needs to convert to a joint stock company in preparation for the float, Hisham Akbar, Zain deputy chief executive and chief operating officer, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai.
DUBAI, Oct 2- The Abu Dhabi index hit a 14- month on Tuesday, lifted by real estate stocks which gained on the prospect of consolidation in the struggling sector. Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate were the main drivers, together accounting for nearly 75 percent of all shares traded on the bourse.
DUBAI, Oct 2- Iran has been able to cope with Western economic sanctions and the central bank has supplied enough hard currency to finance imports even though the sanctions have cut Tehran's oil earnings, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.
DUBAI, Oct 2- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran's central bank had provided enough hard currency to finance imports into the country, despite Western economic sanctions designed to cut its oil earnings.
SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Asia's fuel oil market continued to weaken on Tuesday, with the prompt inter-month spread easing to a six-week low on lacklustre demand at a time when more supply is emerging. The balance October/November inter-month spread eased 50 cents to a backwardation of $2.38 a tonne, lowest since Aug. 21, according to Reuters data.
DUBAI, Oct 2- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf state's largest sharia-compliant lender, is planning to issue a five-year benchmark-sized Islamic bond, or sukuk, this week, arranging banks said on Tuesday. Benchmark-sized is understood to be at least $500 million. HSBC, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank.
Another top executive at the JPMorgan unit that lost $5.8 billion on derivatives trades this year is leaving the company. The real estate investment manager named Jeroen Verheijden as a senior vice-president to spearhead the company's client business in the UK, the euro zone and the Middle East.
ABU DHABI, Oct 2- Abu Dhabi- listed Finance House. has appointed Robert Mohamed, previously the top investment banker at National Bank of Abu Dhabi, as its chief investment officer, the firm said on Tuesday.
DUBAI, Oct 2- State-owned Dubai Real Estate Corp. has taken over the management of Zabeel Investments, the indebted firm owned by Dubai's crown prince, the chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai said on Tuesday. It owns the lavish Zabeel Saray hotel on Dubai's man-made Palm Jumeirah island.
DUBAI, Oct 2- Ithmaar Bank, Bahrain's sixth-largest bank by market capitalisation, is in advanced talks to merge with an affiliate through a share swap agreement, the Islamic lender said in a statement on Tuesday.
*State-backed merger to create entity with $15 bln in assets. DUBAI, Oct 2- Talks of a potential merger between Abu Dhabi property firms Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate are at an advanced stage but a due diligence process was still ongoing, the two companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Asia's gasoil refining margin weakened on Tuesday, hurt by increasing supply in the market. The front-month November margin fell 16 cents to a premium of $18.86 a barrel to Dubai crude, lowest in four sessions, according to Reuters data. In the fuel oil market, inter-month spreads were weaker as demand from China and Japan was lacklustre.
LONDON, Oct 2- Abu Dhabi National Energy Co is looking to refinance up to $3 billion of syndicated loans and banks are due to submit proposals this week, two bankers close to the deal said on Tuesday. But TAQA may have to pay more than on its original $3 billion loan signed in December 2010 with coordinator Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
DUBAI, Oct 2- Aldar Properties:. *Aldar Properties, Sorouh Real Estate says due diligence on potential merger ongoing- statement. *Abu Dhabi's Aldar, Sorouh say merger discussions at an advanced stage.